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The Beautiful South is a band that I always associate with law school. I saw them live in Cleveland at small club that’s not around anymore. The year I saw them was a heady time as my friends and I were all high on being out of school and finally making money. Some of us were making a lot of money (not me) and taking trips overseas. I don’t talk to anyone from that group anymore. None of them stayed at the jobs where they started and some of them aren’t even in law today.
I remember thinking that the club had so much stuff in it that it could have burned down at any moment. Also, the owner had painted the walls and ceiling black and really didn’t do much with the lighting so we couldn’t see the band so well. It may have ultimately burned down. I don’t remember. It’s been 15 years.
I still have some of their songs on my iPod. You keep it all in is on there. Some of the more unusual tracks are there too, including 36D, my personal favorite.
I thought they weren’t around anymore, but Wikipedia proves they are. They are even on tour, but it doesn’t look like they’re headed to Cleveland this time around. Pity.
Is the art of the party dead? When was the last time you went to a good party? What made it a good party? Where was it? How often are there even parties to go to anymore?
What was your most memorable road trip? Was it positive or negative? When did it take place? What kind of vehicle was it? Where did you go?
What's the worst place you've ever lived? Why was it so bad? Who did you live with? How did you end up there?
There was a NY Times article that equates not breast feeding a baby to smoking or riding a mechanical bull. Do you agree?
BBC News reports that the US military promoted chemical attacks that would make enemy soldiers want each other physically, give them bad breath or give them chronic gas. One hopes not all at once. What do you think about this weapons program from 1994?
What are your favorite podcasts, part II? We are going to play some podcast promos as well.
Are you excited about music anymore? We have so many ways to find out about bands now: My Space, American Idol, Rolling Stone, podcasts, FM radio. How do you hear about new bands these days? Do you still go to concerts just to see a specific band?
Do frozen pizzas still suck? What is your favorite pizza? How do you rank pizza from Pizza Hut, Dominos, Geppetos, & frozen pizza.
When you fly, do you ask for aisle, window or middle? Do you mind Southwest's seating policy? Have you every flown first class? Have you ever ridden in a Grayhound bus? What did you think?
Can you name the last 3 moments of real happiness you've had in your life? Why were you happy?
Because we had such great conversation in the last show, we had two topics left over for this week. We should have Nathan, David and Marc as guests with room for one more. Here are the topics:
Have you played Brain Age on the Nintendo DS? Can video games or Sudoku or cross-word puzzles really keep you smart or is this more Mozart effect nonsense?
Does clock speed even matter anymore? AMD and Intel continue to compete fiercely to be your computer chip. Is there a need for these new, faster chips? What can you do with them? With the advent of dual core architecture, does it matter what a chip’s GHz rating is?
Those crazy neighbors. How do you like your neighbors? Neighbors come in all sorts of varieties; what’s the ideal type of neighbor for you?
Cell phones part deux. Is the Nokia N93 or N95 the solution to my cell phone woes?
Why can’t we have our own Maker Fair here in Cleveland?
Have you ever been to a comic book, anime, science fiction or computer convention. What was it like? Would you go back? Did you meet any interesting people or see any interesting events?
Have you heard any pieces played by Martin Leung, the Video Game Pianist? What do you think of him?
Chinese Karaoke and how you too can have your own Pepsi commercial.
Squirrels in the attic, foxes in the yard.
David Copperfield convinced robbers he didn’t have any money, why didn’t he just make them disappear?
I got my FiO .mp3 player sunglasses the other day from woot.com. They look really good in this picture.
Unfortunately, in real life, they are incredibly geeky. And this is coming from an incredible geek! The problem is that the plastic ridge on the top is very thick. You could put duct tape on your horn rims and not quite capture the same freaky look. What’s more, the cords to the ear buds hang down like Hassidic curls. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, it’s not the look I had in mind.
I doubt that I wear them much outside of running or attending anime conventions. And then, I am just going to embrace the geek look and wear my Ghost in the Shell T-shirt with it.
It did play a fair amount of Enya, but it also played the following:
This Mortal Coil
Faith and the Muse
I might just have some brain damage from this, but I actually liked Faith and the Muse. This site is going to be the musical death of me.
I’m kind of late to the game on this as it has been out there for months now. I found out about it on the woot forum, but it’s been discussed a lot. Pandora is a music referral site. You enter in a song or an artist and it will play songs similar in musical structure to it.
Pandora is stunningly awesome. It’s one of those open-mouth “wow” web experiences that makes you glad to live in these times. Most of the times it gets it right. You have to be open minded, though, based on its recommendations. I have discovered that I am now a Shakira fan. I’ve also found out that Incubus has at least one song I can listen to.
The sound quality is very listenable too. This will help me a lot when I use my radio station feed capture software. The problem with that program is that you can capture thousands and thousands of songs, but it’s difficult to know what you like from the new stuff. By combining Pandora with this radio software, I now have a list of songs I can “mine” from radio collection. This, in turn, will help me buy cds.Computers make terrific “wheat from chaff” separators. I wonder if there is something like this for food or cars or clothing? If you like X, you’ll like Y. I know Amazon has it’s thing, but that hasn’t been a real wow sort of experience for me yet. It helps if the recommending web site doesn’t actually sell the product. A program that does this has to have a great deal of skill and integrity. It would be very easy, for example, to create software that simply parrots back the inventory that the business has to sell without regard to actual interest matching.
Pandora does actual matching better than any software or website I’ve seen to date.